Revitalizing The Great South Bay And The South Shore

It’s our bay, our heritage — and our legacy. We grew up clamming it, sailing it, swimming in it. Now our bay is sick, and we must heal it, now, today, and for the future!

We are a local 501(c)3 Non-Profit that advocates for and implements real solutions that will help restore the bay, and with that strengthen our South Shore communities.

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Discover How You Can Help Save The Bay

Start In Your Own Backyard!

Go native! The suburban lawn is heavily reliant on fertilizers, pesticides, and huge amounts of water. It’s polluting, expensive, lifeless and tired. Choose a Bay Friendly Yard instead. Native plantings belong here. They are cheaper to maintain. They are beautiful — Nature untouched. And they filter and clean the groundwater before it hits a creek or the bay.

It all starts with you! Just register your email address below to receive our free Bay-Friendly Yard E-Book! You’ll get the basic info you need to help the bay right at home!


Inside the eBook:

  • Step-by-step instructions for assessing your yard
  • Lists of native species that would thrive in that yard
  • Tips on how these plantings should be arranged

Become a Creek Defender

By our count, there are 36 creeks flowing through 16 South Shore communities into The Great South Bay. The Creek Defender Program will have a Defender in every community — Massapequa,
Copaigue, Amityville, Lindenhurst, Babylon, Brightwaters / Bay Shore, West Islip, Islip, East Islip, Great River / Oakdale, West Sayville/Sayville, Bayport, Bluepoint, Patchogue and Bellport for 2019. April 13th, 2019 is Creek Defender Day. Each Defender will coordinate with local schools, civic associations, and local businesses, organizing local cleanups and native plantings or “Swamp Forests” along the creeks. Join your neighbors! Become a local steward of your creek and help the bay!

Remember “The bay is a symptom; it’s the mainland that’s sick.” A lot of the pollution flowing into the bay is from our creeks — runoff from roads and lawns, pesticides and fertilizers, trash, and of course nitrogen from antiquated cesspools and septic tanks. By restoring native habitats, rebuilding green corridors, we can improve water quality in the creeks and therefore the bay.  Click on the link below, tell us where you are from, and we will connect you with your Creek Defender!


The Race Is On To Save The Bay

Come To Our Events

SGSB keeps a very active event calendar. Our year kicks off April 13th, 2019 with Creek Defender Day. April 29th is the Five K Race For The Bay. May 17th is our gala at Snapper Inn. We are planning a Summer Solstice Party for June 21st, a beach party in July. The Great South Bay Paddleboard Race in August, The Oyster Fest at Blue Island September 14th, and a Save The Bay Day at Oakdale Yacht in October. Tres Palms and Swell Taco in Babylon will host events. Expect another ten or so besides! All along the way, we will be enjoying the support of Blue Point Brewery and the beer they brewed for us, Drink The Bay Clean. Expect great local bands, local oysters, and our locally made bay themed apparel, inspired by local artists. Our cause brings people from all The South Shore together. If you’re a local business owner, please consider becoming a sponsor and boost to your brand while helping to revitalize The South Shore.


We’re always up to something!

  • Clean ups and habitat restoration
  • Beach Parties
  • Restaurant Parties

Become a Member

Saving The Bay will take all of us. By becoming a member, you will be helping us mobilize The South Shore so we can heal our bay for future generations. There are four membership levels starting at just $25 per year and we will be adding membership benefits for each as we grow. And of course, with your membership you will get some of our cool, locally designed apparel and merchandise too.


Here on our blog / newsroom, we give voice to those willing to speak truth to power, to those ready to speak for the bay. Muckrakers. If you have a topic you’d like to write on – like the spraying of methoprene on our marshes, The Bethpage Plume, the spraying of glyphosate on Fire Island, illegal dumping, bad coastal management policy, overdevelopment, etc, – please send your story pitch to [email protected]. Subscribe to our newsletter from our home page (in the site footer) and to our YouTube channel. It is up to us to speak for our bay.

Support SGSB Via Amazon Smile Year Round!

November 26, 2018

Support Save The Great South Bay with your Amazon purchases this holiday season and year round! Buy local, but when you don’t, have Amazon help… Read more

Save The Great South Bay Facebook Demographics

November 25, 2018

Our Facebook Group has some interesting demographics, as per Facebook itself — age, gender, location, and frequency of posting. All this data matters as we… Read more

Post-Sandy, Why Are We Still Building?

October 30, 2018

What will it take for Long Island to have a sensible development strategy given the inevitability of future storms and sea level rise? Six years… Read more

The Great South Bay Paddle Board Race – Poetry in Motion

August 27, 2018

On August 26th, the 4th Annual Great South Bay Paddle Board Race was held, as it is every year, at The Bay Shore Yacht Club,… Read more

From a Island To a Nation – If we were a country, we’d be the 96th most populated ahead of Israel

July 28, 2018

I stumbled on this GEM of a Video produced by Newsday in the 60’s. A time where fish and clams and oysters were so abundant… Read more

United by Water – The Cause of Our Times

July 20, 2018

Up to 60% of the human body is water. The world is comprised of 71% water. Simply put— we are beings made of water living… Read more

Where to Find “Drink The Bay Clean”

July 17, 2018

Exciting days here! Drink The Bay Clean is now widely available at retail beverage stores all over Suffolk County! We have so far 32 retail… Read more

A Trip To Blue Island Oyster Farm

July 4, 2018

While Blue Island Oysters has its hatchery in West Sayville, its oyster farm is off Captree.   And last Friday was my day to visit. In… Read more

New York and New Jersey Government leading the Ecological charge for our NY/NJ area bays, rivers and estuaries. It’s True!

June 26, 2018

Facts: 2018 Cuomo Priority: Full PCB Clean Up of the Hudson River Cuomo Announces $10.4 Mil to Clean LI’s Waters With Shellfish A New Start… Read more

Pumpouts in The Great South Bay: Are Boaters Pumping or Dumping? STOP POO-LLUTION!

June 19, 2018

Pumping out sewage from boats might not be appealing but is obviously necessary if lavatory facilities are utilized onboard. The proper use of pumpout stations… Read more

New York and New Jersey: A Bridge to Success. We are all deeply connected to the waters we share

June 18, 2018

Before co-founding Save The Great South Bay, in 1999 I married and moved to Northern New Jersey.  Having been a lifelong Long Islander and a… Read more

South Shore Paddleboards: A Friend of SGSB!

May 24, 2018

This video was shot just days before a fire from a nearby business shuttered Karen’s store. She has now camped her business at The Long… Read more

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